Boeing’s well-documented development struggles with the new 787 Dreamliner raised questions over the wisdom of its plan to reduce the number of its suppliers and to place more responsibility with them for design and management of their own supply chains.
Supply chain management
Construction is nearing completion on A J Walter Aviation’s 60-acre headquarters and logistics campus near London Gatwick Airport. The site will include a headquarters office and storage facilities for the company’s inventory of Airbus and Boeing components and consumables.
Nexus Flight Operations Services, the Arabian Gulf-based business aviation support group, is extending its operations into Europe. Here at the EBACE show the company announced its new Nexus Europe joint venture with French air transport logistics group Flytrans.
The latest Selected Acquisition Report on the Lockheed Martin F-35 program has updated the Pentagon’s cost estimates. The eight international partners may take some comfort from the predictions of future unit recurring flyaway costs, once full-rate production begins. That is, if they defer the majority of their buys until then, which seems increasingly likely. The report also details the schedule delays that were officially approved last December.
Component Control, at Booth No. 7321, has released “Remote Inventory,” an inventory management tool for Component Control’s core product, Quantum Control. Its users can set minimum and maximum inventory levels online, then track, manage and bill upon consumption for inventory co-located at any customer facility. The Remote Inventory program accelerates replenishment of stock to keep up with work in progress.
Nordam has named Jeff Chalupa general manager of domestic operations for its transparency division. In his new role Chalupa will oversee engineering, production, operations, supply chain and purchasing, maintenance, quality and customer program management. His emphasis will be on leading growth, development and technology enhancement. Chalupa joined Nordam in 2007 in a management capacity and has held positions of increasing leadership since that time.
By most accounts the fourth quarter of last year was active. While not atypical for that period, the activity was a good sign for the market that tradition seems to be intact, or at least reestablished after being pushed off course a few years ago. With the U.S. economy doing incrementally better, the hope is that this activity will spill into the first quarter and beyond. Many eyes now are cast upon Europe, where last month S&P lowered its credit ratings on nine nations.
AAR has expanded its distribution network for original Unison aerospace components to better serve aircraft operators and repair facilities in Europe. AAR, an exclusive supplier of aerospace parts for the Unison distribution channel, is adding inventory at its European Distribution Center located near Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The new inventory includes turbine ignition systems, engine-dedicated alternators, sensors, switches and wiring harnesses.
Pre-owned business aircraft inventories continued to decline in October, but asking prices–especially for jets–have yet to find a bottom, according to data released this week by industry research firm JetNet. Business jet inventory in October stood at 13.9 percent of the in-service fleet, down 1.3 percentage points from a year ago.
To serve a growing base of international customers, Hawker Beechcraft continues to expand its global parts support network with new stocking locations as well as increased inventory, Rob Hood, general manager of inventory logistics and global distribution, told AIN. Current HB parts distribution locations include Dallas and London, with inventory stocking locations in Dubai and Singapore.